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Healthy Foods Checklist: Turkey for Dogs

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[video] When humans celebrate the holidays or have get-togethers, you’ll often find a roasted turkey in the center of the table. And while most veterinarians will tell you to avoid meal scraps from festive dinners, turkey is a key...

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Healthy Foods Checklist: Apples for Dogs

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[video] Apples are a tasty and healthy treat for our canine companions. This disease-fighting fruit packs a nutritional punch, complete with dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants. As a bonus, apples can help keep a dog’s...

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Healthy Foods Checklist: Peas for Dogs

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[video] Green peas are an excellent source of essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber for our canine companions. This protein-rich legume boosts energy levels in dogs and is gentle on the digestive system. High-fiber foods can...

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Healthy Foods Checklist: Cranberry for Dogs

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[video] Cranberries are rich with antioxidants and nutrients that help support your pet’s immune system and decrease inflammation. Antioxidants play a major role in keeping dogs healthy. For instance, they can improve cognitive...

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Healthy Foods Checklist: Lamb for Dogs

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[video] Dogs need protein to build, heal, and maintain body tissues and to protect and regulate body process. Lamb is a great protein option for canines and the ingredient is popping up in many pet-food options. Lamb is packed...

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Healthy Foods Checklist: Fish Oil for Dogs

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[video] Fish oil is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and provides a variety of health benefits for dogs. Cold-water oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and trout, naturally contain fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory...

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Healthy Foods Checklist: Flaxseed for Dogs

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[video] Flaxseeds, derived from the flax plant, are small, nutty-flavored seeds that offer a lot of health benefits for dogs. Flaxseed oil, which is made from ground and pressed flaxseeds, shares similar health properties. Both come loaded...

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Healthy Foods Checklist: Duck for Dogs

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[video] When today’s pet parents browse through the aisles of pet food stores, they have a wide variety of options to choose from when it comes to protein sources for their dogs. The main protein options for pets used to be chicken...

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Party Animal Recalls Dog Food That May Contain Pentobarbital

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Party Animal, a West Hollywood, California-based pet food company, has recalled two lots of canned dog food that may contain pentobarbital. The recall affects the following two products: Product Name: Cocolicious Beef & Turkey Size:...

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Are Theme Parks Dangerous to Wildlife?

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Since the infamous Fabio roller coaster incident back in 1999, birds colliding with human beings on amusement park rideshavecontinued to makeheadlines. It happened again recently in Europe, when a man was struck in the face by a pigeon on a...

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Simon the Giant Rabbit Mysteriously Dies on United Airlines Flight

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Simon, a 3-foot rabbitwho was destined to be one of the world's largest, mysteriously diedon a United Airlines flight from London's Heathrow Airport to Chicago's O'Hare on April 25. The 10-month-old rabbit was reportedly...

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They Need Vaccinating and Deworming

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Once puppies are adopted and living in their new home, pet parents should take them for their first vet visit at approximately 8 weeks of age, Davis and Brown advise. “Intestinal parasites can be prevented by deworming medication and...

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They Require Proper Socialization

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It’s not just health that’s essential when it comes to a growing pup. Between 3 and 14 weeks of age is a critical socialization period for puppies, according to Davis and Brown. “Puppies need to recognize and interact...

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They Benefit from Family Time

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A newborn puppy should not be separated from his mother and littermates before 8 weeks old and can stay for up to 12 weeks. Separating a puppy too soon can affect his health and growing immune system. “By keeping puppies with their...

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They Are Vulnerable to Illnesses

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Puppies are most vulnerable to illnesses like parvo and distemper around 4 to 12 weeks of age, Wheeler says. Newborn puppies are also susceptible to canine herpesvirus in their first three weeks of life, which they can contract from other...

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They Are Fast Learners

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As newborns, puppies will scoot and crawl around. Between 3 and 12 weeks of age, they will really start walking and improving other motor skills (including wagging their tails), Davis and Brown say.

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They’re Born with Fur and Nails but No Teeth

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Puppies “have sharp little nails when they are born,” Casal notes. It’s typically best to wait until 4 to 6 weeks of age to clip their nails, but this can be done sooner if they are hurting the mother, she says. They...

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They Need to Keep Warm

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Temperature is an important factor for newborn pups. As Wheeler points out, puppies can’t regulate their own body temperature very well. Ideally, they should be kept in a setting of 75 degrees at 80 percent humidity so their digestive...

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They Can’t Eliminate Waste on Their Own

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Newborn puppies rely on their mothers to stimulate them to go to the bathroom. Wheeler says that if the mom isn’t in the picture, humans can help with this process by gently rubbing a puppy’s rear end with a wet paper towel until...

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They Sleep and Eat a Lot

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Dr. Bonnie Brown and Dr. Ashley Davis of New York City’s Gotham Veterinary Center point out that newborn puppies eat every two hours. Even without vision, puppies use their reflexes and instincts to find their mother’s nipple...

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They Can’t See or Hear, but They Can Make Noise

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Puppies can’t see or hear for the first two weeks of their lives, but they can make puppy noises. “They’ll vocalize right from the beginning,” Wheeler says. “When they are born, the mom will lick the placenta...

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They Double Their Weight in a Week

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Healthy size and weight are entirely dependent on the breed, explains Dr. Richard Wheeler, owner and practitioner at Poudre River Veterinary Clinic in Fort Collins, Colorado, and a faculty member at Colorado State University’s College...

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They Develop over a Short Period of Time

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Puppies develop and grow inside their mother’s womb for approximately two months. This is the normal gestation period (or length of pregnancy) for dogs. In the sense of development, “a newborn puppy is not unlike a premature...

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12 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Newborn Puppies

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By Aly Semigran Newborn puppies: they’re small, they’re cute, and they’re downright fascinating. The first few days of a puppy’s life may not be action-packed (it’s a whole lot of sleeping, eating,...

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12 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Newborn Puppies

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The first few days of a puppy’s life may not be action-packed. But there are some things new pet parents should know to ensure their pups grow into healthy and happy dogs. Here’s what our vet experts had to say.

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